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FREE things to do in Arlington
One: River Legacy Parks/Living Science Center
It’s hard to believe that this 1,300 acre urban oasis is located mere minutes from roller coasters and world class sports stadiums, but it’s true. Visit River Legacy whenever you’re in the mood to hike, bike, kayak, picnic, or catch a glimpse of wildlife—and if you have kiddos, you’ll want to be sure and make a stop by River Legacy’s Living Science Center, one of the most unusual museum destinations in the area.
Two: Levitt Pavilion Arlington
Not only is the Levitt Pavilion free, it’s also one of the best performing arts venues in the area, offering a robust lineup of 50 outdoor concerts in a charming, intimate setting each year. Pack a picnic dinner or buy food on site and enjoy music under the stars in the spring, summer, and fall in Downtown Arlington. See our helpful tips if you really want to rock the Levitt!
Three: Southwest Nature Preserve
One of Arlington’s hidden gems. Visitors love the Southwest Nature Preserve for its dramatic views, walking trails, catch-and-release fishing and variety of native plant communities. Arrive early and you’ll witness a memorable sunrise.
Four: The Gallery at UTA
Another “secret” Arlington destination that’s worth checking out if you’re an art lover or you just like the special vibe you get when you spend time on a college campus. The Gallery at UTA showcases original works in a range of mediums created by university students and faculty, and after you’re finished you can stroll over to the UT-Arlington Planetarium and catch a show (see below).
Five: Crystal Canyon Natural Area
Billed as a “geology lover’s paradise” in the heart of Arlington, Crystal Canyon offers a soft surface walking trail, fossil hunting, tons of wooded areas and beautiful hilltop views.
Six: Drive By History Tour
History lovers, this one’s for you. Take a trip back in time with a self-guided car tour of The Pioneer Trail, which includes many historical destinations related to Arlington’s earliest settlers—or try the Historic Buildings Tour, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the histories of Arlington’s oldest families, businesses, institutions and destinations.
Seven: Veterans Park
Packed with more than 100 acres of things to see and do, Veterans Park is as renowned for its versatility as it is for its scenery and pretty views. Amenities and points of interest include a military veteran memorial, disc golf course, equestrian trail, 120-seat pavilion and amphitheater, playground, picnic area, native plant gardens and a hike & bike trail.
Eight: Arlington Public Library
The Arlington library has it all: computer classes, discussion clubs, teen activities, story time, play groups and more—oh, and we’ve also heard that they have a few books laying around for you to read, too.
Nine: Public Art at Richard Greene Linear Park
Richard Greene Park is home to one of the area’s must unique public art installations: Caelum Moor, a series of giant freestanding granite sculptures located in the landscape area along Johnson Creek. After you check ‘em out, you can move on to the beautiful Sculpture Trail that connects Richard Greene Park with Robert Cluck Linear Park. Get ready for memorable views of the Arlington Entertainment District and a series of impressive three-dimensional art installations.
Ten: And speaking of public art…
Looking for a fun ongoing activity or project you can do whenever the mood strikes you? Take your selfie game to the next level by capturing an image of you (or your kids or friends) with each of the whimsical Star of Texas sculptures located throughout Arlington. See locations.
Eleven: Playground Playtime
Did you know that Arlington is home to more than 50 playgrounds located in parks and other public spaces? It’s true, and the Arlington Parks & Recreation Department’s Park Finder tool can help you find a playground near you.
AFFORDABLE things to do in arlington
While not free, these fun-packed Arlington destinations won’t empty your wallet even if you’re playing on a tight budget. Check it out:
Tickets to college sports events at College Park Center, Clay Gould Ballpark, Allan Saxe Field and Maverick Stadium frequently ring up at 10 bucks or less, with big discounts for kids, seniors, and students.
One of the coolest things to do in Arlington is also one of the most affordable, charging just a few dollars for adults and offering discounts for kids, students, and seniors. Check out the UT-Arlington Planetarium’s lineup of weekly shows, stargazing opps, and education events.
Arlington Tennis Center
The award-winning Arlington Tennis Center offers 26 lighted outdoor courts, including courts for players 10 and under, for a mere $3.50 a pop. The facility also has a locker room, shower, a pro shop, and onsite tennis instruction.
Skate, skate some more, or golf
Putt-Putt Golf, ICE at the Parks, and Arlington Skatium are all excellent choices if you’re looking for things to do in Arlington with kids (or if you just want to act like a kid yourself)—and on many nights you can play for hours for around bucks a head.